by Darius Kazemi, August 17 2019
Eight characters are better than six
RFC-229 is titled “Standard Host Names”, authored by Jon Postel of UCLA and dated September 22, 1971.
The technical content
This RFC is Jon Postel offering up an alternative to Peggy Karp's host mnemonic table in RFC-226. Postel's table has 37 entries compared to Karp's 20, and proposes 8-letter names for sites instead of Karp's 6-letter names.
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I'm Darius Kazemi. I'm an independent technologist and artist. I do a lot of work on the decentralized web with ActivityPub, including a Node.js reference implementation, an RSS-to-ActivityPub converter, and a fork of Mastodon, called Hometown. You can support my work via my Patreon.